Chapter

Experience as Ritual

Jamake Highwater

in Dance: Rituals of Experience

Third edition

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112054
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112054.003.0002
Experience as Ritual

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People are born with organs of perception that provide the means of experiencing the world. These organs endow them with different senses as well as the sense of balance and of rotation. Movement is considered as a powerful influence that gives a mysterious force of embodiment that lets the body communicate its own body movement. Also, the definition of ideas and feelings merge in the spiritual body and is given to emphasize rituals as a symbolic transformation of experiences. A real definition of dance is given here and the chapter discusses why the Booger Dance is specifically talked about here.

Keywords: organs; senses; balance; rotation; movement; spiritual body; Booger Dance

Chapter.  5912 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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